Poetry Day: There Should Be A Sound

I wrote this in 2001, but today, I am with it again for my sister-in-law. Yesterday, she left us after a very long battle with M.S.

Safe Home, Betty. Your light will shine on forever.

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Betty Burkey Georgeau

There Should Be A Sound

There should be a sound for this-

For the moment when a soul

let’s go from its mortal vehicle

to soar on

ahead of the rest of us;

a bell,

a chime,

a bagpipe strain,

a cello note,

some sound that signals

the end of one piece and

the beginning of another.

Instead, I am left here in silence

holding fast to the echo

of a word you spoke last

from your mouth to my ear

Grabbing threads of memory pulling back

the sound of your voice before it leaves me

the sound of your heart that beat so long, so well

There should be a sound,

There should be a sound.

 

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